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Constipation. One word: Ugh.

Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on September 12, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH

We all know that uncomfortable feeling of being constipated – like something is “not quite right,” not to mention feeling bloating and even irritable.

This is one of the most common conditions of our fast-paced, modern society. Technically, constipation is defined as having fewer than three bowel movements per week, and is most often due to diet (lack of fiber), stress, inactivity, and dehydration.

Constipation, sluggish digestion, and irregular bowel movements can lead to a toxic build up of waste material in the intestines. This puts a burden upon the entire system and can result in fatigue, bloating, gas, skin blemishes, immune system challenges, and more.

Stress also plays a significant role in constipation. When we’re in an overly stressed state, our sympathetic (fight-or-flight) nervous system is turned on; this is the opposite of what our colon (large intestine) needs in order to allow a bowel movement.

Supporting the nervous system, including moderating caffeine consumption and ‘heeding the call of nature’ when it arises, will encourage the muscles of the intestinal wall to relax and help re-establish regularity.

Colon & Digestion Essentials™ can also help.

Colon & Digestion Essentials is a gentle laxative formula that includes Turkey Rhubarb root, Burdock, Dandelion, Cascara sagrada and Marshmallow root, designed to help relieve constipation and promote regular bowel movements. It supports elimination by a gentle laxative action upon the large intestine and by strengthening nervous system input to the bowel. This helps to cleanse the colon of toxic wastes that can otherwise place a burden on the system. Colon & Digestion Essentials also improves digestion and soothes inflammation in the intestinal tract.

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Paulina Nelega, RH
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan

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